Gulfstream Park starts it’s racing week on Thursday, April 23. We analyze and make picks for a few competitive races, including the eighth, a $50k starter optional claiming event. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Gulfstream Park for Thursday, April 23. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Gulfstream Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, April 23 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Hallandale Beach, FL
- Weather: Chance Rain Showers
- Temperature: High 86 – Low 75
Gulfstream Park Picks for Thursday, April 23
Race 5 – 3:11 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $29,000 Starter Allowance
Sometimes a horse and jockey fit like a glove. That’s the case for Luis Saez and Voldolobo in the fifth at Gulfstream on Thursday. Trainer Brendan Walsh hasn’t raced this one since January, a win in a $16,000 n2L event over turf. Voldolobo moves up in class, but this is a one-turn mile and the gelding is outside of other speed. 3 straight? We hope so!
Katherine Ritvo wins at a 19% clip at the current meet. That alone makes her horse, Dermot, a contender in this. Dermot gets the chance to break outside of Voldolobo. The Kitten’s Joy sired runner has under performed so far in 4 races. But the colt drops from 1 1/16 miles to this 8-furlong jaunt. Also, Dermot broke his maiden with a nice speed rating. If he puts everything together, he could win.
Morning line favorite Willing to Speed has 2 wins from 4 races at the distance. Speed has won the show money in his last 3. If they go fast enough, he could win. But the guess here is the 4-year-old colt likes to hang.
- Win: Voldolobo
- Place: Dermot
- Show: Willing to Speed
Race 6 – 3:43 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $16,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Winking at TheDude has 3 wins from 9 races at the distance, breaks outside of chalk Untitled, and takes a slight drop in class. All of it adds up to a possible upset victory over the 6/5 morning line chalk.
That chalk, Untitled, deserves to be an odds-on favorite. Trainer Mark Casse has this 3-year-old primed for a win after a couple of second-place finishes, including a second in the Grad 3 Gotham. Can Untitled take these a mile? He has yet to repeat the maiden win. That’s another issue to consider before going all in.
Todd Pletcher sends Roman Empire back to the dirt after a bad performance in a mile turf event on April 5. Although Roman Empire has talent, the horse broke its maiden by 8 ¾ lengths, Todd doesn’t seem to know what to do with the Empire Maker runner. Odds should be underlaid, which means we’ve got another reason to relegate to third.
- Win: Winking at TheDude
- Place: Untitled
- Show: Roman Empire
Race 8 – 4:46 pm ET – 7 Furlongs Dirt – $50,000 Starter Optional Claiming
Jockey Edgard Zayas takes the call aboard Bird Map, a last-out maiden winner going first time for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. Saffie wins 35% first after the claim, 27% second off a layoff, and 25% with ponies making their first start against winners. Map looks primed for a repeat effort off the maiden score.
Saez, who rode Bird Map to that maiden win, decides to go with Topo Grigio. The Bodemeister sired 3-year-old filly shows 3 decent works leading up to this. Trainer Todd Pletcher can get them to fire off short layoffs. There isn’t much to dislike except the odds, which should float down from the 4/1 morning line Horse Racing Odds.
Leo’s Diamond broke her maiden at first asking. Her backers enjoyed over 9/1 odds. That happened back in February. Although she shouldn’t beat Bird Map or Topo Grigio, there’s a chance she finishes in the top 3.
- Win: Bird Map
- Place: Topo Grigio
- Show: Leo’s Diamond